Stephanie Patterson Double Bass Lessons

Stephanie Patterson Double Bass Lessons


About this pro

Every student is an individual, and the "one size fits all" method of teaching simply does not work.  What do you want to accomplish with double bass lessons?  What are your goals?  Do you want help playing in a community orchestra, or do you dream of a professional career?  Auditioning for college?  Need help with youth orchestra or school orchestra music?  

Your lessons are about you, and your lessons are planned with your goals and needs in mind.  

I am currently Principal Bass of the Abington Symphony and Co-founder and Ensemble Coordinator for the Abington Festival Strings.  I am a proud member of the International Society of Bassists and American String Teachers Association and make use of all of their teaching resources.  

If you have a question I cannot answer, I will help you find the answer.  

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Elkins Park, PA 19027
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask the student to share his/her goals for lessons and share any experiences or other information that he/she would like me to know.  I ask the student to play something for me - something that he/she loves to play and reassure the student that this is not an audition but a chance for me to assess what the student needs and whether or not my teaching would fit.  The first session truly is a get-acquainted session.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Over 40 years of professional symphony bass playing, 15 years of vocal study and performance, music education classes, and my own private teaching practice.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons are a flat $60 per lesson, at least one hour.  

How did you get started teaching?

Quite naturally even when I was still a student myself.  Other bass players would ask for help, and I found that I not only enjoyed teaching but loved teaching.

What types of students have you worked with?

High school through adults.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my students is now a colleague and section member of the Abington Symphony.  The first time he played a solo passage was one of the happiest memories I can recall.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask questions!  Be open with the teacher.  Share your goals.  Be honest about what you did or did not like about any other teachers.  The more you tell me, the better I can help you.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why do you play the double bass?  

What would you like to learn?

What are your short-term and long-term goals?

Are you open to new ideas?

Will you practice?

Lessons offered

Double Bass Lessons Music Theory Lessons